Clay Oven

Introduction: Clay Oven

I wanted to make something to cook food on for camping. But I didn't want to spend money on it, and what's cheaper than dirt!

Here's how I made it.

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Step 1: Collecting the Clay

There's a building site near my house that uses sandy clay in the yards. I went over there one night and filled about 2 gallons of the clay. This material was about half sand/ half clay. The clay is important because it sticks together and if it's too sandy it won't work as well.

I pored water in it until it was the insistence of play doh. A big stick is a great tool to use to knead the clay.

Step 2: Building

Take handfuls of clay and shape it into rolls about 1.5-2.5 inches in diameter. Place them on the base. To make the base I covered it with an inch of clay to protect it from burning.

Stack the clay in layers (shown in the drawing)
Remember to blend the layers together!

Next mix actual mud and dried grass into a paste. Spread it inside and out of the stove. This will reinforce it to prevent from crumbling.

Step 3: Use

After it has dried for a little bit, cut wood into thin strips and load it in the top. Add paper inside and light it! You can use coal to make it last longer. The hole at the front can be put into the wind to add oxygen inside.

After the fire has died down a little, put a metal grill on top and cook food! You can make s'mores, bacon, hamburgers, etc.

*i am not responsible for any injuries or fires*

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    5 years ago on Introduction

    If you want to make it an actual oven, cover the top with clay as well. you build a fire in it and let it get hot, then rake out the ashes and coals and put your item to be baked inside. although, you are going to want thicker walls for thermal storage.


    Great idea, would be better if assembled on a patio block or large tile instead of plywood, but still nice.